Crime

Popular Wilmington food truck vandalized, including awning damage, spilled chemicals, grills left lit

On Thursday morning, a Vittles food truck employee discovered exterior and interior damage to the company’s vehicle parked in its commissary on Oleander Drive.

Couple arrested in fatal Tabor City shooting

A man and a woman have been arrested in connection to a deadly shooting in Tabor City Friday morning, according to the Tabor City Police Department.

DA implores public to ‘trust the process’ during death penalty decision in trooper slaying

District Attorney Jon David is urging the public to “trust the process” as his office determines whether the state will seek the death penalty for Raheem Davis after he allegedly shot and killed Trooper Kevin Conner during a traffic stop early Wednesday morning.

Columbus hospital investigating social media comments after trooper’s killing

Columbus Regional Healthcare said it is looking into comments some of its employees may have made on their personal social media accounts after the shooting death of Trooper Kevin Conner this week.

Southport police chief, top lieutenant fired amid criminal investigation

The City of Southport has fired its police chief and top lieutenant, who were both arrested for public corruption charges that ultimately shut down the entire police department.

New details revealed in shooting death of NC state trooper

According to Chadbourn Police Chief Anthony Spivey, an officer saw the white truck the suspect, Raheem Davis, was driving at the Funny Mart in Chadbourn Tuesday night around 7:30, a few hours before the shooting.ing. This, as new details are released about the hours leading up to the shooting.

North Carolina man accused of slamming woman’s head with TV

Police in North Carolina have accused a man of trying to kill a woman by repeatedly slamming a television on her head

Pender County driver charged in crash that killed his passenger

A Pender County driver has been charged in connection with a fatal crash in September that killed one of his passengers and seriously injured another.

False bomb threat forces building evacuation at CFCC; man arrested

A man was arrested Wednesday night for making a false bomb threat at Cape Fear Community College.

State trooper killed in Columbus Co.; Chadbourn man charged in shooting

A state trooper was shot and killed early Wednesday morning near Whiteville

Wilmington man gets 10 years in prison after guilty plea for selling heroin

David Andrew Kirton Jr., 25, pleaded guilty on May 1 to distribution and possession with intent to distribute a quantity of heroin.

Wilmington man pleads guilty to drug charges, sentenced to 10 years in prison

According to a news release, William Pollock, 31, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute 28 grams or more of crack cocaine and 500 grams or more of powder cocaine and was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Wilmington gang members sentenced to prison on heroin charges

Two Wilmington gang members were sentenced to federal prison for selling heroin, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

Impact award in honor of domestic violence victim Tarica Pulliam

Ten years after her sister was killed by her ex-boyfriend, Shequana Sidberry created the Impact Award to honor Tarica Pulliam.

WPD: Burglar stole over $22,000 of items from home

The Wilmington Police Department is asking the public for help to identify a burglary suspect who reportedly stole over $22,000 worth of items from a home.

34-year-old man accused of killing mother because she wouldn’t make him food

Investigators say the suspect was found covered in blood upon their arrival.

Oak Island police chief resigns, former chief appointed to interim role

Greg Jordan has resigned as Police Chief for the town of Oak Island, according to a town official. Jordan stepped down last week, according to Mayor Pro Tempore Lamon Scott.

Bolivia man wanted in shooting taken into custody

A Bolivia man who was wanted in connection to a shooting that took place Monday evening has been arrested.

Man accused of wielding knife during robbery

Jacob Leon Case was arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon. He also is facing two charges of failure to appear on a misdemeanor in Mecklenburg County.

Rocky Point man accused of sex crimes with child

Zanaido Pablo Jacinto Martinez, 54, was arrested by the Pender County Sheriff’s Office early Tuesday morning and charged with sexual battery, sex offense with a child and two counts of indecent liberties, according to online records.

Wife suspected of murder claims she tripped and accidentally stabbed husband

Detectives determined the suspect’s explanation of events didn’t make sense, and she was arrested on a charge of second degree murder, according to a press release.

  Wife found not guilty by reason of insanity in serpentarium killing

Regina Ripa was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the shooting death of her husband, Larry Dean Ripa, who owned the Cape Fear Serpentarium.

Suspect charged in late-night Whiteville shooting that left man hospitalized

A man was injured in a shooting late Tuesday night, according to the Whiteville Police Department.

Columbus Co. authorities investigating multiple armed robberies on Haynes Lennon Hwy.

The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office in investigating four armed robberies that took place Thursday and Friday, three of which took place on the same stretch of Haynes Lennon Highway.

Teen accused of robbing, killing missing man found dead in Columbus County

An 18-year-old is accused of robbing and killing a Robeson County man whose body was found near the Columbus-Bladen County line in the midst of Hurricane Florence.

Calabash man accused of sex crimes against children

Mark William Bunte, 58, was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with three counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of statutory sex offense with a child under the age of 15.

Carolina Beach man pleads guilty, gets prison time for trafficking meth

Stuart Walling, 47, pleaded guilty to trafficking methamphetamine by transportation and possession with the intent to sell and deliver methamphetamine.

Florida man pleads guilty to child sex crimes he committed in Wilmington

Timothy Lee Smith, 58, of West Palm Beach, Fla., pleaded guilty to felony child abuse committing a sexual act against a minor and three counts of taking indecent liberties with children.

Bladen Co. Narcotics Unit arrests man for selling prescription drugs

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit is asking for the public’s help in locating three men wanted for selling prescription medication.

Habitual felon sentenced to at least 10 years in prison for credit card theft

According to a news release from the Bladen County District Attorney, Anthony Rhiem Holt, 51, was found guilty of stealing a credit card and draining more than $3,000 from the victim’s checking account.

Investigators raid gaming parlors in Columbus County

Investigators with the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office seized approximately 160 gaming machines and thousands of dollars in cash from two game parlors near Whiteville Wednesday morning.

Man accused of stealing more than 40 guns from Whiteville pawn shop during Florence

Timothy Ray Davis, 33, has been charged with break-ins at Murf’s Pawn Shop, Suggs and Co. and the Family Dollar located on North J.K. Powell Blvd., according to Major Alan Davis with the Whiteville Police Department.

Dozens of reports of larceny at UNCW during the storm

According to UNCW Police Chief David Donaldson, there have been 36 reports of larceny since Oct. 1, when faculty were allowed to return to campus. In all of 2017, there were 83 larceny reports.

Two suspects sought for thefts from hog farms in Bladen Co.

Two men suspected of stealing property from hog farm facilities have warrants out for their arrests and the Bladen County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in finding them.

Wilmington woman pleads guilty to sexually assaulting children

A Wilmington woman will spend at least 12 years in prison after she admitted to sexually assaulting three minors.

Raleigh man charged in fatal DWI crash in Surf City

One person was killed in a car accident in Surf City Saturday morning.

Supply man charged with sex crime involving 14-year-old

James Dale Andrews Jr. was arrested and charged Sunday with indecent liberties with a child and selling/distributing tobacco products to a minor.

WPD: Man accused of attacking uncle with machete

A man is accused of attacking his uncle with a machete Sunday, according to the Wilmington Police Department.

3 stole purse from elderly woman in wheelchair at Walmart, NC police say

The victim not only lost money, but “her true concern is a precious, one of a kind photo of her late husband,” police said.

Brunswick Co. man sentenced on federal drug, gun charges

A Brunswick County man has been sentenced to nearly a decade in prison on federal drug and gun charges.

Raleigh man who blamed cough syrup in wife’s killing pleads guilty

A Raleigh man accused of stabbing his wife more than 120 times in 2017 has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder.